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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Back to what we intro'd Friday: Word is the 2017-18 NBA season will start in the Oct. 15-20 range with the exhibition slate reduced slightly

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

According to a fresh statement from Matt Barnes' attorney Alex Spiro, Sacramento's Barnes "is cooperating" with the NYPD's investigation."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Monday will have two of the better left-handed players in the game in Houston's James Harden against Boston's Isaiah Thomas facing off. "Lefties are just weird," Harden said. "We're just weirdos. The majority of players are right-handed, just catching defenders off guard, they're not used to guarding left handers especially left handers who are very crafty. (Thomas) is crafty. He gets to the paint and uses his body and he's always in attack mode." What makes lefties weird? "I can't tell you about that," Harden said with a smile. "Next question."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers guard Jose Calderon (right hamstring strain) is expected to be sidelined for 2-4 weeks, the Lakers say. He suffered the injury in Saturday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is listed as probable for tonight's home matchup vs Memphis with a right foot sprain. ESPN reported on Sunday night that Davis underwent an X-ray after a 101-92 loss in Oklahoma City. Tyreke Evans (right knee/left calf) is listed as out, marking the third game since general manager Dell Demps said Evans' return from a 10-month absence would be "sooner rather than later."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raptors are second in the East at 14-6 and riding a six-game winning streak. Do they finally have the Cavs attention? "Nah, they've had our attention," said LeBron James. "They've had our attention for the last couple years. I think they've had the NBA's attention. You don't need them playing well, us not playing well, or us playing well, them not playing well to get their attention. I think it's there."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James has 20 turnovers during the Cavs' three-game losing streak, upping his turnovers per game average to 4.2 per game -- fourth worst in the league, only better than Russell Westbrook (5.7), James Harden (5.5) and John Wall (4.5). "Just too many turnovers," James explained after shootaround Monday in Toronto. "Trying to make too many plays, trying to get my guys opportunities and keep them in rhythm. It costs me sometimes. I take full responsibility of that, but I'm not too much worried about that at all. Just got to be more careful with the ball, but it doesn't matter."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Primary topic from Friday's piece: Look for next season to start a week to 10 days earlier as the NBA looks to further reduce back-to-backs.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Don't know what Rajon Rondo did, but surely this suspension will lead to an intense period of self-reflection and personal growth.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Friday column update: Hearing now that extensions to rookie-scale deals are likely to stay as they are -- AFTER Year 3 -- in the new NBA CBA

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets are back home against the Celtics. The Rockets have had just six home games, fewest in the league.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Grizzlies announced the signing of veteran guard Toney Douglas. An extra roster spot was created via the NBA's hardship rule.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have lost three games in a row coming into Monday's game against Toronto, while the Raptors have won six straight. Does that make Cleveland the underdog at all? "Never the underdog, no," said Tyronn Lue at Cavs shootaround. "We lost a couple games, so what? We don't feel like the underdog though."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce Rajon Rondo has been suspended for tonight's game versus Portland for conduct detrimental to the team.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Thought Sabonis and Grant did a nice job on AD after Adams injury. OKC now plus-16 in 52 mins w/ Russ/Dipo/Roberson/Grant foursome on floor